Review: Cheryl Bolen’s My Lord Wicked

The talented Cheryl Bolen’s My Lord Wicked is Regency romance with a few twists.

When Miss Freddie Lambeth arrives at the isolated North Country home of her guardian, Lord Stacks, he is most disconcerted.  All he knows of his ward, the child of his old Oxford friend, is the name Freddie; he is expecting Frederick, not Fredericka.

Far from a society beauty, Freddie has spent her eighteen years in the country, assisting her late father with his surgery practice, mixing herbs and medicines for him.  Drawn to Lord Stacks by his considerate manner–and his botanical knowledge–she refuses to believe the rumors about his wicked past.

Lord Stacks takes those rumors, and the memory of his late wife’s tragic and unexplained death, all too seriously, and for the sake of her reputation he plans to send Freddie back to her life as the poor relation in her uncle’s household.  But somehow those plans prove all too difficult to act upon, as he finds himself teaching her to dance and to play the pianoforte.  Realizing that both her reputation and her education require female help, he sends for Julia Taylor, once companion to the late Lady Stacks, to fill the same role for Freddie.

Despite the difference in their ages–and the local suitors for Freddie’s hand–guardian and ward are kindred spirits.  But the machinations of Mrs. Taylor and the mystery of Lady Stacks’ death threaten to keep them apart forever.

The author’s deep knowledge of the Regency period provides a fascinating picture of country life, far away from the typical London society setting.  Her characters remain true to their time and place, and her plot adds a Gothic twist to the romance.

My Lord Wicked is another highly enjoyable read from Cheryl Bolen, available for the first time as an ebook from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Cheryl Bolen
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 09:23:35

    Thank you, Kay, for being such a great “PAL.” Your ability to write such terrific reviews is just one more example of your extraordinary writing talent. I’d almost rather write the whole book than to try to write the review, but you do an incredible job of boiling the action down to the salient points.

    I have to say this book has been so gratifying. In barely three weeks, it’s outsold all my other books. This morning it was ranked Number 4 in Regency on Amazon and in the 200s overall in the entire Kindle store! Three complete strangers also posted 5 star reviews of it; so, I feel a bit vindicated after it was passed over by Harlequin for my option book.

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